Fanuc Robot Applications
Industrial robots have been revolutionizing manufacturing processes across diverse industries for years. From automotive to warehousing, robots are reshaping production floors by enhancing productivity, efficiency, and product quality. Year by year, more manufacturers are transitioning their production setups into robot fleets to harness the benefits of automation. The realm of robotic applications is extensive, encompassing virtually every manufacturing process.
Material Handling Applications
Material handling stands out as a prime candidate for automation with industrial robots. These applications frequently involve repetitive, monotonous, and labor-intensive tasks, making them an ideal match for robots like the Fanuc R-2000ib or ABB IRB 6640. Material handling applications encompass a spectrum of functions, including assembly, dispensing, machine loading, machine tending, part transfer, pick and place, press tending, packaging, and injection molding. These tasks involve manipulating, moving, and managing parts. Robots are equipped with specialized grippers as end-effectors to undertake these roles. The grippers provide the required capability and dexterity for efficient part handling. By capitalizing on robots' repeatability, accuracy, and speed, material handling processes are markedly improved. Robots are programmed with precise application parameters, ensuring consistent outcomes for each part. Furthermore, robots operate around the clock without fatigue, maximizing productivity unlike their human counterparts.
Material Removal Applications
Material removal applications often are found in dull, dirty, and dangerous work environments. Nevertheless, industrial robots are robust machines designed to tackle these challenging processes. Material removal applications encompass tasks such as cutting, drilling, deburring, deflashing, sanding, polishing, milling, grinding, and buffing. These activities entail removing material to shape, refine, or finish a product using robotic end-of-arm tools (EOAT). The Fanuc M-710ic/50 excels in such scenarios due to its precise movements, guaranteeing accurate material removal. By automating these processes, product quality is elevated, material waste is curbed, and associated costs are reduced. Moreover, worker safety is enhanced, as robots are better equipped to handle airborne debris compared to human workers.
Welding applications are among the most prevalent areas for robot automation, demanding precision, accuracy, and repetitive execution. Robotic welding applications encompass spot welding, flux core, MIG, TIG, electron beam, and laser welding. Depending on the specific welding process, an industrial robot might be integrated with a welding torch, power source, and wire feeder. Prominent welding robots like the Fanuc Arc Mate 120ic and the Motoman EA1900N find their niche in manufacturing. Even older models such as the Fanuc Arc Mate 120ib remain viable for integration, providing a cost-effective pathway to automation. These robots can also be integrated into welding cells, amplifying efficiency and worker safety. Programmed to deliver precise welds, welding robots contribute to bridging the welding skills gap.
Other Robotic Applications
A wide spectrum of other robotic applications includes painting, sealing, foundry work, inspection, cleanroom operations, die casting, thermal spray, and bonding. Many of these tasks involve hazardous chemicals, challenging environments, or specialized conditions. Industrial robots can be configured to meet the demands of these processes, incorporating protective coatings, vision systems, or meeting specific IP ratings to ensure successful operation.